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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Key Characteristics of GTM

Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide,
Cathy Urquhart, Sage, 2013, page 16

Cathy Urquhart identifies four key characteristics of GTM:

  1. the main purpose of GTM is theory building
  2. as a general rule, reseachers should make sure they have no preconceived theoretical ideas before starting their research
  3. analysis and conceptualisation are engendered through the core process of constant comparison, where every slice of data is compared with all other existing concepts and constructs, to see if it enriches an existing category (by adding to/enhancing its properties), forms a new one or points to a new relation
  4. "slices of data" of all kinds are selected by a process of theoretical sampling, where researchers decide, on analytical grounds, where to sample from next.

That's left me completely out of breath!

Posted By Jonathan, 9:00am Comment Comments: 1
 
 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015
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This is completely barmy. You are supposed to leave all opinions and values at the door and enter research without preconceived ideas. Then use analysis to sift through data. But analysis must have some basis. It's just that you can't declare that basis. This will lead to worse distortion a than declaring a standpoint from the outset.

Posted By Timothy Butlin 09:56am